Dry Eye Disease

WHAT CAUSES DRY EYE?

Aqueous tear-deficient dry eye

This is a disorder in which the lacrimal glands fail to produce enough of the watery component of tears to maintain a healthy surface.

Evaporative dry eye

This may result from inflammation of the meibomian glands, also located in the eyelids. These glands make the lipid or oily part of tears that slow evaporation and keep the tears stable.

WHAT DOES DRY EYE FEEL LIKE?

Everyone experiences different symptoms of dry eye, but the most typical complaints include:

  • Burning or stinging
  • Redness
  • Itchiness
  • Sensation of sand stuck in the eye
  • Intermittent blurred vision

HOW DOES AN EYE DISEASE DOCTOR TEST FOR DRY EYE?

Our dry eye doctors will evaluate your symptoms with a comprehensive eye exam. We will assess the health of your Meibomian glands, tear osmolarity (salt concentration), tear film quality, and general corneal health. To serve you better, our clinic for dry eye in North Bay is equipped with advanced testing methods, such as InflammaDry® testing, I-pen® testing of tear samples and Lipiscan® to evaluate the Meibomian glands.

WHAT IS DRY EYE TREATMENT?

We offer a range of treatments for dry eye that will improve your vision and your quality of life. Possible therapies include supplements, lid scrubs, lubricating eye drops and ointments, treatment masks, punctal plugs, scleral or mini-scleral contact lenses, omega-3 supplements, and Restasis®

LIPIFLOW® DRY EYE CARE

Eye Associates of North Bay is the first exclusive provider of Lipiflow® in the North Bay area. LipiFlow® is the revolutionary treatment for dry eye disease which is caused by Meibomian Gland Dysfunction. With thermal pulsation, LipiFlow® gets to the root of your dry eye problem by unblocking oil glands and treating MGD eye disease. This FDA-approved procedure is quick and painless, and it can dramatically improve quality of life for